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File photo / A mosque in Mozambique, where government has reopened some and destroyed others in the north of the country
Many of the mosques in Mozambique suspected of having links with Islamic fundamentalism and closed in 2017 have been reopened, following the conclusion being drawn by authorities that they have no connection with the armed attacks in the province or have broken contact with the insurgents.
The Mozambican government has reopened six of the seven mosques which it closed down last year in northern Mozambique after repeated attacks on police stations and hospital units by armed men with alleged links to radical Islamist movements.
According Provincial Director of Justice Álvaro Júnior, the government has decided to destroy seven other mosques.
“Two months ago we reopened the mosques of Montepuez, Palma, and, last week, Jimbombo. Seven other mosques were officially destroyed,” he said.
Mozambican defence and security authorities say that, post the initial attacks on October 4 and 5, 2017, and other sporadic incidents, which resulted in the deaths of about 20 people, including members of the police, insurgents and civilians, the situation is under control.